We writers not only need to work on our craft, but we also need to learn about subjects that we might want to write about. Between the public libary and the Internet, one can study just about any topic in extraordinary depth, but suppose you want more information in a more formal setting? And suppose you don’t want to spend any money in the process?
You could check out what your community college offers, but I have a few suggestions that will keep your butt at home. Barnes & Noble offers a series of free online courses. You are encouraged to buy the necessary texts through B&N, but no one is forcing you to. I took one session that was huge, so I quickly blew off the course participation. Still, the syllabus and planned assignments kept me organized.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a more ambitious program. Its OpenCourseWare gives you access to course materials for a wide range of its academic offerings. You do not have access to faculty, and you don’t get credit, but you do have a structure for tackling technical subjects on your own. Word2Word offers free online language courses that can supplement conversation classes. And, to help you run your business better, the Small Business Administration offers a series of free business education courses.
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